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Matthew H. Kaufman (1942-2013) – mouse developmental anatomist

Posted by on October 7th, 2013

This post was first published in Development.   Jonathan Bard, long-time colleague and friend in Edinburgh, recalls the life and work of the mouse developmental anatomist Matt Kaufman, who died in August 2013.   Matt Kaufman was the leading mouse developmental anatomist of his generation and played key roles in three major aspects of mouse research.[…]

How Unique Are We?

Posted by on October 3rd, 2013

Last week, The Company of Biologists hosted a workshop on “The Evolution of the Neocortex: How Unique are We?”. Some of the people who attended that meeting will be writing about it on the Node in the near future, so I won’t steal their thunder by telling you all about it. Suffice to say it[…]

A new facebook page for Development

Posted by on October 3rd, 2013

Development is now on Facebook! The journal promotes many of its papers and other content not only via its home page and email alerts, but also via its Twitter account. We use Twitter to highlight particularly interesting papers and reviews from our issues, and also other content such as interviews and movies. We also tweet from meetings.[…]

Echoes of Spallanzani

Posted by on October 3rd, 2013

To the inspecting eyes of a budding scienziato the Reggian countryside was not simply teeming with life, it also posed myriad of intriguing questions. How do bug wings work and can you stick them back once you have removed them? How far are the stars that can be seen in the sky, and are natural[…]

A Day in the Life of…a Xenopus lab

Posted by on October 2nd, 2013

  I am Gary McDowell, a postdoctoral researcher at Tufts Centre for Regenerative Biology and Developmental Biology.  I have just finished a postdoctoral position in a mass spectrometry lab at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School and I was the only frog researcher in the group.  I earned my “frog stripes” studying for my PhD in[…]

‘A day in the life of…’ a new series on the Node!

Posted by on October 2nd, 2013

To uncover the mysteries of development, developmental biologists use an amazingly wide range of systems – from cells in culture to live mouse embryos, and from classical model organisms to unusual critters. We read the papers and listen to the talks about the work using these organisms, but we only really know the details of[…]

This month on the Node- September 2013

Posted by on October 1st, 2013

September was a little bit more quiet than usual, but we still had many interesting posts. Here are the highlights!   Research – Gary examines a recent Science paper on the titration of replication factors in the Midblastula transition in Xenopus. – Karuna followed up on a previous Node post by writing about her recent paper on[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 140, Issue 20)

Posted by on October 1st, 2013

Here are the highlights from the new issue of Development:   Coordinating stem cell and niche development The Drosophila ovary provides an accessible system for analysing the interactions between stem cells and their supporting niche. The Insulin-like receptor (InR) and Target of rapamycin (Tor) pathways affect germline stem cell activity in the adult fly, but[…]

Cellular Reincarnation

Posted by on October 1st, 2013

Stuck! Here I was trapped in this valley with no way out. And it was crowded here, with all of my fibers I sensed numerous peers condemned to a similar fate. The wonderful scenes that could be reached from the top of Mt. Waddington had been illusionary. Was this my reward: being trapped in Fibrocity,[…]